It’s Autumn After All

At least my new banner thinks so! After my last post where I made a summery dish in October, it’s time for a seasonal intervention and what better way to do that than with an autumnal banner image by the brilliant Lindy Groening. It’s been a while since we rotated the banner–over a year, in fact–but the time has come to shake things up again. Thanks, Lindy, for doing such an awesome job. If any of you don’t see it yet, try clearing your cookies or opening the site in a different browser; don’t worry, it’ll kick in eventually. [See Lindy’s previous work here.]

Two Things

1. Check out the new banner by Lindy Groening. If you have bee allergies, my apologies; there’s an epinephrine autoinjector for you on the bottom right of the page. (Hey: I’ve seen “My Girl.”)

2. Tomorrow begins the 2012 Foodie Photo Scavenger Hunt (with over $3500 in prizes from the CIA). I’m posting the list at 5 PM E.S.T. and you have until Sunday at midnight to complete it. In the meantime, if you’re on Twitter, check out the hashtag #foodiephotohunt. That’ll be important during the hunt for an opportunity to score some bonus points by finding other teams in your area. And if you have any questions, ask them with that hashtag and I’ll be sure to answer them. Now e-mail your friends and find a partner, quick!

Gingerbread Rockettes

Thanks to A.G. reader Chris Monsos for the idea for this month’s new banner, a festive foodie tribute to the great Radio City Music Hall spectacular (with me getting kicked in the butt by a piece of gingerbread). Also, of course, a hat tip to Justin for getting those Rockettes kicking and a big salute to Lindy Groening for another brilliant illustration. In fact, I’m now proud to announce something that’s been a long time coming: a banner gallery where you can view all of Lindy’s previous banners. It’s quite an archive! And, finally, thanks to Ben Lim for creating the gallery and making it so fun and clickable.

Floating Away

DeNiro did it for “Raging Bull,” and now I’ve done it for this month’s banner. That’s right, check out the new plus-sized me floating up there in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once again, kudos to Lindy Groening for another stellar illustration, and to Justin for puffing the air into all those balloons.

I’m A Peanut

Yes that’s me up there in this month’s delicious new banner–another masterwork from Lindy–having baked The Great Pumpkin into a Great Pumpkin pie. (If you can’t see it, clear your cache and reload the site.) Thanks, of course, to the uber-talented Lindy and the ever-helpful Justin for making the site look great, as always.

Back To School

This month’s banner is taking us back to school for a very important lesson on Autumnal baking. Thanks to Lindy, once again, for her terrific art and Justin for getting it up on the page. Now stop passing notes, you rapscallions, and pay attention.

Red, White and Blue

Pledge allegiance to this month’s banner, designed by our brilliantly patriotic illustrator, Lindy. Thanks to her and thanks to Justin for installing it. Now for a very important question: what’s Blue Nun??

Your Table Is Ready

The hardest table to get in New York right now is at the Minetta Tavern. It was already a madhouse right when it opened (which is why I made it part of my NY Foodie Photo Scavenger Hunt (hey that’s the 2nd time I linked to that today)) but then it got three stars from the New York Times, so your chances of getting a table there? Pretty slim to none.

Which is why this month’s banner, designed by our brilliant Lindy, puts you right inside. You don’t have to wait, you don’t have to call, you’re just there. Now if only your computer screen could serve you their “côte de boeuf” which, Frank Bruni calls: “a sublime hunk of glorious meat that you dream about hours later, pine for the next day and extol in a manner so rapturous and nonstop that friends begin to worry less about your cholesterol than about your sanity?” we’d all be in good shape. Still, we’ll take what we can get.